Balloon Sinuplasty Sinus Treatment

So what Is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is the new breakthrough in sinus infection treatment, as older procedures, like antibiotic therapy wane in popularity. This is because Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive and less painful than traditional surgery with faster healing. Antibiotic therapy isn’t always effective, especially if the sinus infection is viral in nature.

The procedure itself is relatively simple. A catheter is inserted into the sinus. A balloon, which is attached to the catheter, is then inflated. The inflated balloon fractures and spreads the bones of the nasal passageway. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is removed. Now, trapped mucus can be drained and normal breathing is restored.

As stated earlier, Balloon Sinuplasty has replaced the older Sinuplasty surgery in popularity among some patients. Sinuplasty surgery is painful, although the patient only has to undergo the procedure once. Balloon Sinuplasty may have to be repeated, but is much less uncomfortable and only requires a general anesthesia.

The procedure itself is relatively simple. A catheter is inserted into the sinus. A balloon, which is attached to the catheter, is then inflated. The inflated balloon fractures and spreads the bones of the nasal passageway. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is removed. Now, trapped mucus can be drained and normal breathing is restored.

As stated earlier, Balloon Sinuplasty has replaced the older Sinuplasty surgery in popularity among some patients. Sinuplasty surgery is painful, although the patient only has to undergo the procedure once. Balloon Sinuplasty may have to be repeated, but is much less uncomfortable and only requires a general anesthesia.

What Doctors Have To Say

Many doctors are cautiously optimistic about declaring Balloon Sinuplasty as a replacement for traditional techniques. These doctors consider the procedure a compliment to the older therapies. Dr. Gavin Setzen of Albany ENT & Allergy Services states, “Once you dilated the sinus, you can draw back fluid and do a culture to see what kind of organism or bacterial might be in there, flush out and irrigate that sinus, or introduce antibiotic solutions if you need to”.

There are other drawbacks to Balloon Sinuplasty. Some sinus will not provide a decent “fit” for the balloon. Also the balloon cannot remove nasal polyps. Traditional Endoscopic surgery can be used to remove the polyps at the same time the Balloon Sinuplasty is performed.

Reference: Kathy Rickett, Reporter for The Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY, Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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